WHAT IS BRONCHIAL PNEUMONIA?

Pneumonia is a division of lung infections. It develops during viruses, bacteria, or fungi cause inflammation and infection in the alveoli in the lung. Bronchial pneumonia is a type of pneumonia that also causes inflammation in the bronchi. These are the air passages that provide air into the lungs.

Someone with bronchial pneumonia may have trouble breathing because it makes the airways condensed. Due to this inflammation, the lungs do not get enough air. Symptoms of bronchial pneumonia can be mild or severe and are very similar to other types of pneumonia starting from flu-like symptoms and then later on becoming more severe over the next few days. The symptoms are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Cough with the mucus
  • Rapid breathing & heart rate
  • Sweating, chills & headache
  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Decreased interest in feeding, eating or drinking (in kids)
  • Difficulty in sleeping

It is advisable to consult a doctor right away if you see any symptoms of pneumonia.

 

HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

Many cases of bronchial pneumonia are induced by bacteria. Outside the body, the bacteria are poisonous and can spread between people in close proximity through sneezes and coughs. A person becomes infected by breathing in the bacteria.

The condition is commonly contracted in a hospital setting. People who come to the hospital for treatment of other illnesses often have a compromised immune system. Being sick affects the body immunity for fighting off bacteria. Under these conditions, the body will have difficulty tackling a new infection. Pneumonia that occurs in a hospital setting may also be the result of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

 

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS TO SUFFER FROM IT?

Age: People who are 65 or older and children who are 2 or younger have a higher risk for developing bronchial pneumonia and complications from the condition.

Environment: People who work in, or often visit, hospital or nursing home facilities have a higher risk for developing bronchial pneumonia.

Lifestyle: Smoking, poor nutrition, and a history of heavy alcohol use can increase your risk for bronchopneumonia.

Medical conditions: Having certain medical conditions can increase your risk for developing this type of pneumonia. These include, COPD, HIV/AIDS, a weak immunity system, chronic disease, such as heart disease or diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, chronic cough, swallowing difficulties.

How to prevent bronchopneumonia?

Simple care measures can reduce the risk of getting sick and developing bronchial pneumonia. Right way to wash your hands, vaccinations can also help prevent certain types of pneumonia. Be sure to get your annual flu shot, as the flu can cause pneumonia. Common types of bacterial pneumonia can be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccines. These are available for both adults and children. Talk to your doctor to determine if these vaccines could benefit you or your family.

 

What dietary changes one can include?

Apart from vaccinations from medical healthcare practitioners & medications from your doctoirs, regular steam nebulizer, keep the hygiene levels high. Dietary changes-

AVOID-

  1. Rice
  2. Curd
  3. High qty of solid food
  4. Cold nature food
  5. Milk products
  6. Citrus fruits

INTAKE-

  1. Chicken/vegetable/pulses soup
  2. Eggs
  3. Liquid diet
  4. Hot nature food
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Ginger
  7. Anti-inflammatory property foods
  8. Pro-biotic foods
  9. Spirulina
  10. Green leafy vegetables

What’s the outlook on bronchial pneumonia?

Most people who have bronchial pneumonia recover within a few weeks. But still then, the recovery period depends upon the several factors like-

  • Age
  • Amount of lungs infected
  • Severity of the pneumonia
  • Type of bacteria
  • Overall health, medical conditions and immunity
  • Any past complications

Not letting your body rest can result in a longer recovery period. People who are at a higher risk for this condition may develop severe, life-threatening complications, such as breathing failure, without treatment. See a doctor if you think you may have any type of pneumonia. They can make sure you have the correct diagnosis and are receiving the best treatment for your condition.

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